Three months ago, when I told my dad that the air tickets I bought for my Hokkaido trip were of Korean Air, he wasn’t very happy. I bought the tickets just becuz of its price. For some reason, the tickets of KAL was cheaper than other major airlines (e.g. Cathay, JAL, ANA) by more than USD 500. Yes, there was a trade-off – a five-hour waiting in Seoul Incheon Airport. But, I didn’t mind at all, for every hour I wait would be a hundred buck I save
Then, my dad said: besides the five-hour waiting, Korean Air wasn’t a good airline anyway, for it’s not safe…
Humm… that I didn’t know, hence, couldn’t judge whether what he said was true. But since I was very happy with the big saving and didn’t feel especially unsafe flying KAL, I traveled as planned; in fact, I had a very good flying experience with KAL this time (mainly becuz of its yummy bibimbap haha 😀 )
But nevertheless, the question about airline safety has kept lingering in my mind… Which is the safest airline in the world? And which one is the most dangerous? I did some research, and surprisingly, found that there actually was no one commonly acknowledged ranking for airline safety.
This is because evaluating airline safety and ranking airlines is an extremely difficult task. There are many factors that contribute to the safety of an airline, for examples, accident history, maintenance procedures, age of fleet, types of training programs, etc. And safety doesn’t always depend on the airline itself too. What about factors such as airport security in cases of hijackings, bombing attempts, etc?
And there are so many different ways to analyze past accident data. Should we rank airline safety based on the number of hours flown? Or by the passenger miles completed? Or by the number of trip made?
And, air crashes are very rare events (fortunately!). With an average of one crash for every three million takeoffs, there are too few fatal accidents to serve as a basis for reliable statistics.
There is an interesting stats stated in the Airline Accident Rates page.
Aviation accidents are extremely rare, with the probability of a passenger being killed on a single flight at approximately eight million-to-one. If a passenger boarded a flight at random, once a day, everyday, it would statistically be over 21,000 years before he or she would be killed.
Does this make those with aviophobia (fear of flying) feeling any better? haha
KAL Bibimbap, the best airplane meal I have had. It is used to be served only in the first class and business class. But apparently, this has changed. Now econ class passengers can have this too 😀
Seoul Incheon Airport is a nice one; new, spacious, and comfy.